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No; outwardly Judas had them, and maybe even himself, fooled.
Deception is a scary thing, because it's impossible for the deceived to even detect it's presence. Only Abba-Yah knows what Judas actually thought he was doing.. regardless of the reasoning in his mind, pride certainly got the best of him. We know from the record that Judas regretted his decision (Matt 27:3); that he testified of Yahushua's innocence (Matt 27:4); that he wasn't blood-thirsty, and never wanted His death.. all that leads me to believe whatever was going on in Judas' head was a lot more complex than the text delves into.
This surprise revelation of Judas' character illustrates why Messiah warns us in a parable not to try to identify and eliminate perceived enemy plants, or tares. The identity of the tares might not be recognizable in the dim view the present time gives us. Someone we could inwardly think may turn out to be a tare, just might be a hundred-fold bearing stalk of wheat when finally matured. And conversely, another we would never question in the least of being a saint, can suddenly in the last hour surprise us, like Judas.
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Who Master? ..is it i?
Some may be conscious they are living a lie, but most who are, i suspect, will be surprised by the revelation. And in that day there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
"... I know your works, that you have a name that you live, but you are dead" (Rev 3:1).